Ian Armstrong was born on 30/12/1923 in Malvern, Victoria. He studied at the NGV School evening classes from 1945 to 1950, intermittently at the George Bell School from 1945 to 1948, at the Slade School, London in 1951 and at RMIT from 1960 to 1962.
A painter of genre works, portraits and landscapes, his earlier works are figurative Classical Modernist, while the later works are less formal and more Expressionist.
Armstrong worked as an art teacher for the Victorian Education Department from 1954 to 1961, painting and drawing master at the National Gallery School from 1961 to 1966. In 1966 Armstrong commenced a full time painting career, which he continued for the rest of his life.
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